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PreSchool-Grade 2. Sure to be popular due to the success of the new PBS television series, these new additions to the series demonstrate the vocal talent of author/illustrator Marc Brown. Arthur's creator reads the texts, giving each character a distinctive voice. He is able to portray the females, like mother and D.W., while avoiding stereotypical high, squeaky voices. The production values on the recordings are excellent, with background music and helpful sound effects. The slamming of car doors, the sound of rain or footsteps, and other sound effects give the tapes the quality of old radio shows. Each tape opens with the theme song, "Say Hello to Arthur." Both sides of each tape are the same except for the page-turning signal bell on one side. In Arthur's Family Vacation, rain ruins the family's stay at the beach until Arthur thinks of activities they can do. In Arthur's Halloween, Arthur and D.W. learn you can't presume a house is haunted just because the outside looks run down. The artwork in each book features Brown's customary cartoon-like ink and watercolor illustrations that add humor to the stories. The tapes work well even without the books.
Penny Peck, San Leandro Public Library, CA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and co-developer of the children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created a second book series, featuring D.W., Arthur's little sister, as well as numerous other books for children. Marc Brown lives with his family in Tisbury, Massachusetts, and on Martha's Vineyard.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Arthur Adventures
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: LB Kids; Pap/Com Re edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316036641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316036641
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,312,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arthur the Aardvark is having trouble falling asleep as it is the night before Halloween and his house is decorated to look incredibly spooky.

When he finally does fall alseep and wakes up the next morning,things get even worse when his annoying little sister D.W scares him as she is dressed in her Halloween costume ready to go trick or treating.

Arthur feels embarrassed and irritated that he has to take D.W trick or treating with him because he'll be "the only one who has to drag my baby sister along".

When Arthur,his friends and D.W eventually go trick or treating,they are all scared to go into 'the Witch's House'.

But D.W breaks her candy bag,Arthur has to pick it up,and when he turns round D.W has gone into the Witch's House...meaning Arthur will have to go in after her!

Arthur's friends worry what has happened to them...'Maybe the Witch put them into an oven just like Hansel and Gretel,maybe she's using them for horrible scientific experiments or maybe she's locked them in a cellar to starve'...

Arthur's Halloween is a really good book to read to young children who are scared of Halloween.

It features colourful illustration and shows Arthur back when he looked more like an aardvark and less like the TV version we all know so well today!
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I recently purchased this book for my nephew, because I remember reading the Weekly Reader version when I was a kid. I was happy to see that the interior illustrations are the same as the original, only the cover art has been changed.

The artwork is really nice and is the best part of this book, in my opinion. It also has some good messages about not being afraid of things you don't understand and not making assumptions about people. It might not have the best stranger danger advice, however, as the protagonist enters a stranger's home while trick or treating, but to be fair, the protagonist is also a talking anteater, so...

Overall, it's a really cute Halloween story with cool artwork.
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It's Halloween, and Arthur the aardvark reluctantly participates. His house is decorated with black cats, bats, skeletons, and Jack o' Lanterns. His mother sews him a superhero costume (to give him some courage, maybe). D.W., his little sister, dresses appropriately as a little red devil: horns, cape, tail and all. She is the epitome of energy unleashed, and she wants candy!!

Everyone at school is very enthusiastic. Even his teacher, Mr. Marco, dresses up as a robot. They pass out goofy treats like vampire blood (fruit punch) and put on blindfolds to feel eyeballs (grapes). Arthur feels queasy about it all.

Arthur goes trick or treating with his friends, but D.W. has to tag along, and inevitably, they get further and further behind the others. D.W. decides to visit a house where a "witch" is rumored to live. Arthur must chase after her. He imagines all sorts of disasters, but in the end, finds that the witch is Mrs. Tibble, a kindly neighbor who gives them doughnuts. The illustration shows many, many cats in the room. We had some fun counting up all the cats (including the ones who are hiding).

Even though I agree with the message that we should not judge people before we meet them, I do think that having Arthur and D.W. go into a stranger's house is not a good way to deliver this message. It is important to stress to young children (ages 3-7, who are the target audience for this book) that anytime they go into someone's house, they must be accompanied by their parents or a guardian--- especially at holidays or times of celebration, where there are crowds and unfamiliar faces roaming one's neighborhood.
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Their are two different versions of this book, and I thought I was getting the one pictured, but it turns out it's the older version. Disappointed now I have to find the book I want because I am meeting Marc Brown this weekend. Otherwise it's in good condition
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By Persop on October 28, 2014
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When you write and illustrate half as well as Marc Brown it is more than acceptable to revisit familiar themes. Younger sister D.W is the starlet. It is the normal Halloween fare with preparation, the day and in this instance meeting a lady who has difficulty keeping her property up. Thanks to D.W. the children and the lady now have each other and a lesson may be understood or missed.
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If you're looking for entertaining Halloween picture books for 3 and 4 year olds, Arthur's Halloween fits the bill.
Arthur and his friends go trick or treating. Arthur is very scared at first, but he learns to overcome his fears along the way. Only D.W. is brave enough to approach the "witch's" house, but then Arthur and D.W. learn that the "witch" is really just a misunderstood elderly lady with a messy house and yard.
Arthur's Halloween is about trick-or-treating, mainly, and there is no mention of Halloween parades, bobbing for apples, or other Halloween traditions. If your children are afraid of trick-or-treating, this book may help them to escape their fear.
Often characters in Arthur videos and books daydream or imagine episodes, and I find that those episodes are presented in a way that my three year old finds confusing. He does not distinguish between the trappings of characters' imaginations and the regular plot. Now I know that I can add commentary so that he understands that certain elements in a book are just the dreams of a character.
For example, in Arthur's Halloween, some of the kids imagine that the "witch" is harming Arthur and D.W. in several different ways. When a toddler sees illustrations of the "witch" doing such things, he believes it just as he believes the rest of the plot. I have learned that I can say "Francine (or The Brain, or Buster, etc.)just THINKS this is happening. It's not really happening, is it?" Then my child doesn't confuse the "real" plot with the characters' fanciful thoughts.
In any case, Arthur's Halloween is not a bad Halloween picture book, and even if you steer your child away from "series" books or books allied with television series, give this one a try.
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